To the Point - Student Handbook
Welcome to the 2014-15 academic year at St. Mary’s College. There are inherent challenges when living in a diverse community, but the benefits that come with diversity are profound. As an academic community, St. Mary’s College of Maryland has developed parameters for conduct based on our hopes and aspirations for the type of living and learning environment we all expect. To the Point, the student handbook, provides you with all the resources, policies and procedures that you will need throughout your time here. I encourage you to read through To the Point so you are aware of both your rights as a student as well as your responsibilities as a member of this community.
We expect St. Mary’s College to be characterized as a community where we take care of each other. To achieve this kind of community, it requires each of us to understand how our behavior and decisions can contribute to or diminish our experience and the experience of those around us. You will find that there are a wide variety of resources that help to ensure each member of our community is successful in reaching their goals. Take the time to look out for your friends and classmates and utilize the many resources available to all students, no matter how small or significant the challenge may be.
Lastly, I encourage you to explore. Our strong liberal arts curriculum, our engaging student life, and our incredible location combine to provide countless opportunities for your involvement in our community. Get involved with your passions and test out new experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. The energy and creativity that our students bring to campus is essential to the St. Mary’s experience. I look forward to see how you will impact this campus for the better.
Have a safe and successful year.
Leonard Brown, Jr.
Dean of Students
Office of Public Safety: 240-895-4911
Health and Counseling Services: 240-895-4289
Walden-Sierra 24-Hour Crisis Hotline: 301-863-6661
St. Mary’s College of Maryland takes the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and visitors seriously. We intentionally plan for predictable and unpredictable incidents and emergencies. An Emergency Response Team (ERT) is formed whenever there is a significant incident or emergency on campus. However, the ERT cannot respond to the emergency alone. Each and every person on campus has a responsibility to effectively respond when emergency situations arise.
Prior to an emergency situation:
Before an emergency situation arises, become familiar with the building(s) you use on campus. Know where the evacuation routes, emergency exits, and stairwells are. Find out where fire extinguishers and first aid kits are kept. If you observe something dangerous or life-threatening, call Public Safety at x4911 or (240)895-4911 immediately. If appropriate, Public Safety will request that the Dean of Students or designee enact an Emergency Response Team.
Basic emergency response procedures:
In every emergency situation or incident, each student, faculty, or staff member should carry out the following seven (7) critical responses:
- Remain calm
- Check official communication sources for information regarding the emergency
- Follow instructions for the next steps
- Care for and be responsive to others who may be in need of assistance
- Check in with concerned family and friends to let them know you are okay
- Check official communication sources for periodic updates
- Watch for the all clear signal
- Always be security-conscious by being alert; don’t take your safety for granted.
- Keep your door locked, even if you are away from your room or residence hall for only a brief period of time.
- Always lock your car doors and keep valuables out of sight
- NEVER lend keys, give your combination to anyone, leave doors open, or open your door or residence hall to anyone you do not recognize.
- When walking, use well-lit sidewalks. Do not take shortcuts through poorly lit, heavily wooded or isolated areas.
- ALWAYS walk with a friend. Escort service is available by calling Public Safety at (240) 895-4911. Be alert to persons approaching or following you.
- Be alert for suspicious persons or dangerous situations.
- Report all incidents (even if only attempted) to Public Safety immediately